Oldie But Goodie
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
This was the 1996 Newbery Award Winner. Prince Brat thinks he’s all that. He has whatever he wants, including his own whipping boy, Jemmy, who gets spanked every time Prince Brat behaves badly. But one day, the Prince and his whipping boy steal away from the castle, only to be kidnapped by outlaws who see the chance to collect a hefty ransom. The prince and his whipping boy must team up to get away. In the process, the whipping boy teaches the prince a thing or two, changing both of their lives for the better. A fast-paced adventure. Pegged for grades 3-8.
New and Fabulous
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
This is a 2016 Newbery Honor Book but it is a timeless story told in classic fashion. Ten-year-old Ada was born with a severely twisted foot. Her mother is ashamed and doesn’t want anyone to see Ada so she keeps her locked away in the tiny London apartment that they share with Ada’s little brother Jamie. But Hitler and World War II are moving toward England. When Jamie is among the children to be shipped to the countryside to protect them from bombs, Ada makes her escape with them. Assigned to live with a woman who is recovering from the death of her best friend, the children and their caretaker struggle through the deprivations and dangers of the war and, in the process, open up to one another, healing their personal wounds. Completely absorbing. Pegged for 4th-6th grade.
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